Tampons are a woman’s right
Campaign for Zimbabwean Women’s Dignity
Back in March I pointed to a report in Sokwanele on the Zimbabwean government reaching the limits of absurdity by insisting that donated sanitary towels be quality tested before exempting them from import duty.
This isn’t simply a story about shortages of yet another type of product. Shortages of sanitary ware go to the heart of women’s rights: it’s an issue which raises questions of whether a woman is forced to stay away from work or school; whether she is putting her health at risk by picking up infections or, if she is HIV positive, whether those infections will literally shorten her life span. In short, a lack of affordable hygienic sanitary products translates directly into issues of women’s rights as well as women’s dignity.
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